Odesa, Ukraine: CLDP Facilitates Meeting of Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on SPS Measures

November 6, 2018 - November 8, 2018
Participants of the Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues

On November 6-8, 2018, in Odesa, Ukraine, CLDP facilitated the seventh meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Sanitary/Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Measures (the Group) for officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, special guest Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Each participating country presented on innovations and amendments in animal, plant, and/or food safety law and practices in their country, which led to active discussions between all participants. The Group also heard and discussed presentations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, regarding electronic and export certification and the U.S. Phytosanitary Export Database. Advisors from Georgia shared about recent reforms there, including Georgia’s National Animal Health Plan and ways in which Georgia involves the private sector in setting SPS policy. Lastly, the Group heard from CLDP Ukraine personnel and Ukrainian advisors regarding Ukraine’s participation in WTO SPS Committee meetings. The Group noted the various ways each presentation underscored the myriad benefits derived from timely notification of SPS laws and regulations, including for attracting foreign trade. Accordingly, the Group’s further work will focus on notifications to the WTO and IPPC, publishing pertinent import and export requirements, as well continuing its ongoing work with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization to develop a regional veterinary laboratory network. 

Experts and CLDP: Seventh Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on SPS Issues
Working Group in Action

Upcoming Programs

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

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October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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